Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Susan B. Anthony The American Civil Rights Leader

Susan Brownell Anthony was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States. Susan B Anyhony travled the United States and Europe and gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on womens rights for 45 years.

In 1851, on a street in Seneca Falls, Anthony was introduced to Elizabeth Cady Stanton by mutual acquaintance, as well as fellow feminist Amelia Bloomer. Susan B. Anthony joined Elizabeth Cady staton in organizing the first women's state temperance society in America after being refused admission to a previous convention on account of her sex, in 1851. Together, the two women traversed the United States giving speeches and attempting to persuade the government that society should treat men and women equally.

The first American women's rights convention took place on July 19 and July 20, 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York. Susan B. Anthony took the opportunity to attend and support the women's rights convention held in Syracuse, New York, in 1852. At this time Susan B. Anthony began to gain widespread notoriety as a powerful public advocate of women's rights and as a new and stirring voice for change.
Through Susan B. Anthony's work, many professional fields became open to women by the end of the nineteenth century. At the time of her death in 1906, only four states, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah, had granted suffrage to women. But her fight had carried on, and in 1920 Congress adopted the Nineteenth Amendment, finally giving women throughout America the right to vote.

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